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   Re: A little wish for short end tags (Was: RE: SDD bogus)

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  • From: Marcus Carr <mrc@allette.com.au>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 08:00:20 +1000

Paul Prescod wrote:

> Marcus Carr wrote:
> > Agreed. It would only be a matter of time before someone asked for:
> Thankfully, whatever language the conversation is conducted in is likely
> to have the word "no" in it. We've got quite proficient at using the
> English version in the XML effort, which is why slippery slope arguments
> strike me as bizarre. XML is precisely about achieving compromises --
> about walking halfway down the slope without losing your balance.

I'd be interested to hear how you would justify allowing short end tags and not
short start tags; after all, they're trying to accomplish exactly the same thing,
so any argument for one surely supports the other. Without adequate justification
for short end tags and against short start tags, any decision will appear to be
arbitrary rather than a balanced compromise. This is what the slippery slope
scenario means to me; your "halfway" won't be everyone elses.


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